If you are a teacher in a Worcester high school, if you lecture thrice weekly to Harvard, Wellesley, Tufts, or Boston University students in History, or Zoology or even Mechanical Drawing . . . if you do any of these things in Massachusetts you have an oath bill to sign.
You can't way "peace on earth." Not above a whisper, anyway. You can't say "this was good enough for daddy but it's not good enough for me." There's a teachers' oath bill. And you have to sign it. Your school or college is there to see that you do. And if you won't, your title changes to ex-professor.
And furthermore, strong, healthy American teeth are being put into this oath bill you sign. Your college or school administration has promised to enforce this oath. New and bigger teeth are pushing through every day.
So far only the shadow of such legislation has fallen upon New Hampshire. House Bill No. 48--the bill that would have denied the rights of "any political party which advocates the overthrow of or carries on a program against local, state or national government--" failed to find a place in the laws of the state last February. It seems unbelievable that a New Hampshire oath bill could be passed, that here at Dartmouth an Administration which has stood behind liberalism might be driven to comply with such a law if it were passed. But it happened at Harvard . . . . and Tufts . . . . and Wellesley.
It seems incomprehensible that the professors we know would submit to such political chicanery. We can see Prof. X of Soc'y, Y of English, Z of Chemistry, throw down his books before he would.
But individual indignation, individual refusal to sign a teachers' oath bill, or to be bull-dozed in any way, form or manner, is not enough. It wasn't enough at Harvard. It has never been enough. For there will be more than Law behind a New Hampshire Oath Bill or its equivalent. There will be ORDER. There will be organization.
The old order changeth, but it is not giving place to the new. The old order is reacting to and against the new. And the old order started back in the years B. C. It is pretty well organized now, and it isn't just last-ditchers who will stand by it. The teeth of legislative acts will be set in firm gums and a square, matured jaw. Dartmount Daily